Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve

photo: Rebecca Yale Portraits

 

If I Could Do It All Over… Former brides reflect on what they wish they had done differently with their Weddings, and offer advice to a new generation of engaged couples.

 

Malina, Park Slope: “I wish we hired a videographer to document our day. It all goes by so fast, and while I love looking at our photographs, it would be nice to be able to watch it in motion from our television screen.” 

Blake, Upper West Side: “Our wedding was beautiful and I don’t regret a thing, but sometimes I’ll find a small detail and go, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ One idea I loved but didn’t think to do: Ask the guests to write down a requested song on the RSVP card, that way everyone will get up and dance to their favorite tunes!” 

Kate, Nolita: “Definitely take a deep breath and relax! I worried about everything so excessively and unnecessarily. It all came together so beautifully, and I felt so silly afterward that I stressed out as much as I did.

Claudine, Gramercy: “I was afraid to use a Wedding Planner because I wanted every aspect to reflect our taste rather than someone else’s. I realized the hard way that just because you collaborate with someone to plan your Wedding, doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing your presence in the details. It probably would have relieved me of a lot of planning headaches!” 

Riley, Lower Manhattan: “My dress was gorgeous, but I couldn’t move. If dancing, sitting, or walking down the aisle feels like a difficult task, go with something else. It’s not worth it, and I ended up looking stiff in photographs anyway. Just be comfortable and have a great time.” 

Francesca, Brooklyn: “I should have let my bridesmaids choose what they wanted to wear. Having everyone stay in uniform turned into a hassle, and keeping everybody happy was an impossible feat. I think if I had let them express their individual style, it would have been a better overall experience. Also, maybe having eleven bridesmaids was too much.” 

Grayson, Tribeca: “I wouldn’t change a thing about my Wedding it was perfect the BEST day of my life!

5 Ways To De-Stress And Unwind Before Your Wedding Day

Being a New Yorker is no easy feat. Conquering crowds at rush hour, and making the most of limited square footage- we are champions for endless reasons. Now being a bride in New York City that takes some real super hero strength! If your precious closet space is beginning to resemble a wedding favor warehouse, or youve traded in your quiet nights at home for bustling evenings checking out the citys hottest vendors, you may be in need of some time to relax, unwind, and decompress. Weve come up with 5 ways you can do all that and more, so you can enjoy the process (and hold on to your sanity!).

1. Get Yourself To The Spa

Lets be honest- you need this! Whatever makes you feel wonderful and refreshed, just splurge for it. The Spa at Trump SoHo brings luxury to utopia with their exclusive Hydra Facial Deluxe, just perfect for any of those stress break outs you might be experiencing. Uptown at Hotel Plaza Athénée, Spa Valmont offers divine body wraps that reinvent the mind, body, and spirit. If there was ever a time to get a massage, its now.

2. Go For A Local Getaway With Your Fiancé

We get it- youre busy, making decisions left and right, and theres no time to jet off to Bermuda. Theres no reason that you cant take a local romantic retreat with the love of your life for the weekend! No passports, no TSA check-in a vacation awaits you right at home. Whether you check in for two nights at The Plaza Hotel or The Carlton for a little R&R, sometimes theres no place like home (away from home). Rediscover your love for New York from another perspective at one of NYCs iconic hotels. For a real escape just outside the city, Oheka Castle offers romantic overnight accommodations within their fairy tale abode. In-room massages, champagne with strawberries, and private dining are just some of the ways Oheka customizes a marvelous stay.

3. Lunch With The Ladies

Your girls are there for you, and are all too happy to indulge in a lovely ladies lunch at one of the many delectable or scenic restaurants of Manhattan. Chitchatting over a Baby Kale And Asian Pear Salad and glass of Prosecco at Bryant Park Grill melts the stress right off. Taking the time to speak your mind, connect with your friends, and stimulating your taste buds, will undoubtedly boost the spirits and recharge your wedding planning battery.

4. Embrace The Season

Its summer, so get out there! Soak up the sun and float in the pool at the Castle Hotel & Spa. Thursdays at the Castle includes a Poolside Summer Pairing Series at Equus, where you can enjoy an eclectic selection of wines and spirits, along with scrumptious fare, beside the spectacular poolside ambience of the Castle. Located in Tarrytown, this Summer Series is hosted every Thursday night through August 20th, 6:30-8:30pm. Need to de-stress during the cooler months? Check out the warm and cozy atmosphere from within The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park with each room equipped with a telescope for viewing the spectacular views, you can cozy up in a warm bathrobe, and look out on to the snow globe of the city.

5. Find Your Zen At Home

Cant seem to make a breakaway from home? No problem. There are plenty of ways to take the ordinary out from home. Turn your run-of-the-mill shower into an aromatherapy garden with a product such as ESSIO. The worlds first aromatherapy diffuser for the shower, ESSIO turns the everyday shower into a spa-like experience using 100% organic essential oils. Simply attach it to your shower head, pop in the pod of your choice, turn off the light, and youll find yourself in an all new exotic and relaxing space.

For more ideas on how to relax and enjoy your wedding to the fullest, pick up a copy of the 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition!

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Venue: WEYLIN B. SEYMOURS

In one of the most exciting recent developments to open its doors to New York City, Weylin B. Seymour’s resuscitates a local treasure back to life as a versatile and awe-inspiring event venue. 

Originally built close to 140 years ago as the Williamsburg Savings Bank, this masterfully restored multi-level space features two soaring 110-foot domes that tower over beautifully intricate mosaic marble flooring. Each corner of this national landmark located in the heart of Brooklyn, the first stop over the Williamsburg Bridge, reveals pristine Victorian design that creates a dazzling and romantic backdrop for weddings and the occasions that surround it.

Guests of Weylin B. Seymour’s often find themselves lost in the details of this magnificent space, from the gold leaf flowers adorning the Oculus Dome, to the intricately carved wood and monogrammed bronze-cast doorknobs. A stroll through Weylin B. Seymour’s is an elegantly detailed journey through New York City history.

Deemed as “one of the most monumental spaces surviving in New York from the Post-Civil War era” by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, completed in 1875, remains an icon of an early New York neighborhood in its prime. The Beaux Arts Classical building by preeminent New York architect George B. Post with Aesthetic-styled interior decorations by designer Peter B. Wight was not only significant to Brooklyn, but instrumental in shaping the trends of architectural design throughout the nation. Although possessing a rich history from its inception, Weylin B. Seymour’s uniquely caters to exceptional weddings in an unexpected manner. Often regarded as a secret treasure, guests of Weylin B. Seymour’s are often stunned by the beauty of a venue they’ve never previously visited. The extraordinary space and design elements of this majestic venue have been known to take the breath away of anyone who encounters it. 

At Weylin B. Seymour’s, every event is regarded as royalty, and custom-designed to meet the needs and desires of the occasion. Extending seamless hospitality with its dedicated and expert catering team, a wedding at Weylin B. Seymour’s is sheer delight, from the planning stages to the moment you take off as a blissfully wedded couple.

Weylin B. Seymour’s is located at: 175 Broadway in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, just over the Williamsburg Bridge. For more information, go to: www.WeylinBSeymours.com, or call: 718-963-3639.

Featured Wedding Venue: Hôtel Plaza Athénée

Photo: EXO Photography

 

Nestled among the beautiful townhouses and brownstones of the luxurious Upper East Side rests Hôtel Plaza Athénée, blending refined European tradition with exceptional hospitality. Widely regarded for its intimate charm and romantic atmosphere, weddings at this lovely abode are most certainly a majestic affair.

The Hôtel Plaza Athénées Arabelle Room

 

Upon entry to Hôtel Plaza Athénée, guests are greeted with attentive service, antique furnishings, and Italian tapestries, lending the perfect backdrop for cherished moments. The thoughtfully designed space of this stunning venue offers unique warmth for guests to relish in. Ceremonies are elegantly appointed to take place within Le Trianon, which consists of ten windows that overlook the magnificent tree-lined neighborhood of East 64th Street. 

Photo: EXO Photography

 

The creatively inspired fare furnished by Arabelle stimulates the senses with sheer delight, using only the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. After an affair to remember, newlyweds are invited to spend the night in a comely one-bedroom suite, and are met with breakfast in bed or on their balcony, as they recount the prior evening’s magic. To enhance the Hôtel Plaza Athénée experience, guests may also choose to partake in the relaxing treatments of the Spa by Valmont located within the hotel.

A balcony reception at The Hôtel Plaza Athénée

 

Intimate weddings between ten and one hundred guests are catered to with the utmost importance and care. Every detail and desire is met, whether for event design, floral arrangements, or overnight accommodations. To ensure an expertly planned occasion, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has several packages available to suit the needs of their blissful couples. For occasions seeking luxury, charm, and tradition in the most superior sense, Hôtel Plaza Athénée presents a most resplendent setting for the most important day in the life of two people.

Photo: EXO Photography

 

The Hôtel Plaza Athénée is located at: 37 East 64th Street. For more information, call: 212-606-4600, or go to: www.Plaza-Athenee.com.

 

Featured Wedding Venue: TAVERN ON THE GREEN

Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Dress: Celestina Agostino Provided by Kleinfeld • Custom Mens Suit: Alton Lane • Jewelry: A.Jaffe Bouquet: Rountree Flowers • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective • Shoes: Allen Edmonds

 

A modern tavern nestled in a bucolic Central Park setting, Tavern On The Green is an iconic, landmark restaurant unlike any other. Centered around a hearty, rustic menu shaped by local and seasonal ingredients, the legendary restaurant invites patrons into a warm, celebratory gathering space that captures the spirit of Central Park and the energy of New York City. 

Tavern On The Greens bar & lounge area. Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Dress: Celestina Agostino Provided by Kleinfeld • Custom Mens Suit: Alton Lane • Jewelry: A.Jaffe • Bouquet: Rountree Flowers • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective

 

Originally designed by Calvert Vaux and built in 1870 to house the sheep that grazed in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green has proudly served locals, presidents, royalty, artists, actors, and first-time visitors since 1934. The renowned venue has also been the backdrop of numerous major motion pictures including films like “Arthur”, “Ghostbusters”, “Wall Street”, and “New York, I Love You”. 

Tavern On The Greens open kitchen and dining room. Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Custom Suit: Alton Lane • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective

 

The cuisine at Tavern On The Green is created with rich flavors, quality ingredients, and aesthetic grace. The acclaimed hospitality on which the Tavern stands is surpassed only by its delectable New American cuisine, introducing a distinguished experience that is certain to awe one’s guests. 

Tavern On The Greens outdoor area.

 

A destination perfect for celebrations of anywhere from ten to 1,000 guests, Tavern On The Green offers a luxurious experience within a transformational space, and a warm personal touch. Whether a bountiful wedding reception, an elegant bridal shower, or a festive rehearsal dinner, this luminous gem caters the affair of a lifetime. A romantic occasion under the outdoor iridescent streaming lights surrounded by the iconic Central Park adds a unique glow fit for a fairy tale. It is for this reason that Tavern On The Green has been a symbol of love in Manhattan history for so many generations.

Tavern On The Greens dining room.

 

As great a tradition as the grand Central Park among it, Tavern On The Green has made its awaited return to the New York City celebration scene, renewing the belief that there is no finer city in the world to marry.

Tavern On The Greens South Room. Photo: Samantha Lauren Photographie

 

Tavern On The Green is located within Manhattans Central Park, just off Central Park West at 67th Street. For reservations or more information, call: 212-877-8684, or go to: www.TavernOnTheGreen.com.

The 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition cover. Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Dress: Celestina Agostino Provided by Kleinfeld Custom Mens Suit: Alton Lane • Jewelry: A.Jaffe • Bouquet: Rountree Flowers • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective • Shoes: Allen Edmonds

A Portal To Another Time Place… And Poolside Pairings

Photo by Andre Maier; Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

 

There’s a turn off of Tarrytown’s hilly, windy Benedict Avenue that, if taken, transports you to another world. The turn leads upwards, past manicured greens that seem to foreshadow a special destination. At the hill’s peak is this other world. At the top is The Castle Hotel & Spa a true castle that could only exist in history… or an animated Disney movie!

Photo Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

Photo Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

 

The entrance to The Castle is a portal to another time and place… over a century into the past, with stone structures and rich tapestries. This summer, this rare, special place is hosting a series of culinary events; pairings of various kinds of cuisine with wine and/or other spirits. Every Thursday evening, The Castle’s world-class restaurant, Equus, will present a different menu designed to complement that evening’s libations.

Photo Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

 

Guests may mix, mingle and luxuriate around The Castle’s pool, and within the Grotto, surrounded by artfully groomed trees and bushes, that seem to block out the world- with the exception of The Castle itself, which serves as a bold backdrop to each pairing- while enjoying food, drink, and even cigars.

 

Photo By Steven Sendor For Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition

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Photo Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

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Photo By Steven Sendor For Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition

Photo By Steven Sendor For Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition

Photo By Steven Sendor For Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition

 

For a calendar of the summer’s pairings, click on the following link: Castle Pairings. The Castle Hotel & Spa is located less than an hour north of midtown Manhattan, at: 400 Benedict Avenue in Tarrytown, NY (Westchester County).